Which licensing option is best and most economical for my business: perpetual or rental?

We’ve rounded up the pros and cons of our perpetual and term (monthly and annual) licenses so you can decide which best suits your needs.

PERPETUAL LICENSE

Pros:

  • One-time payment – you pay for the license upfront, without any recurring payments.
  • Never expires – a perpetual license never expires. It’s only limited to a major version release*.

Cons:

  • High initial cost – perpetual licenses require a high initial investment.
  • Limited to major version access* – an upgrade to latest major version requires additional investment. If you don’t upgrade the license, eventually your current version may become unsupported.
  • Scalability and license management – additional staff members require new licences outright – but if a staff member leaves, you are stuck with perpetual licenses you may no longer need.
  • V-Ray DCC platform-locked – it’s difficult to switch to another V-Ray DCC platform product, and there’s no crossgrade option.

 

RENTAL LICENSE

Pros:

  • Low initial cost – low initial investment compared to a perpetual license. Best option for freelancers, small and medium businesses.
  • Access to latest version – you always have free access to the latest major version of V-Ray.
  • Scalability for short term projects – add or remove licenses to respond to the needs of your project. 
  • Easy license management – you have the flexibility to decide how many licenses are required for the project. Easy implementation of in-house render farms.
  • Easy budget management – affordability with a predictable payment schedule.
  • No V-Ray DCC platform-lock – minimize the risk of being locked to a particular V-Ray DCC platform product and easy to switch.

Cons:

  • Recurring payment – requires monthly or annual recurring payments.
  • Time-limited – your license will expire the moment your rental period is over.

 

This total cost of ownership (TCO) table will help you understand how much V-Ray Next for 3ds Max monthly, annual and perpetual licenses cost over a five-year period.

 

* Minor updates include service packs and bug fixes denoted by an increment to the right side of the decimal point in the version number, such as 3.1 or 3.7.

** Major version upgrades are denoted by an increment to the left of the decimal point, or a new product name, such as 2.x, 3.x or Next. We generally release major new versions every 24 months, and they include significant new features and additional functionality.